Pocono IndyCar: Power leads strong Penske challenge in final practice

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Pocono IndyCar: Power leads strong Penske challenge in final practice
David Malsher
By: David Malsher
Aug 19, 2017, 9:54 PM

The Team Penske-Chevrolets finished 1-2-5-6 in final practice for Pocono Raceway’s ABC Supply 500 as teams worked on their raceday setups, and at the top of the speed charts sat defending race winner Will Power.

Power’s #12 entry, which will start fifth tomorrow, lapped the tri-oval at 216.294mph to edge teammate and front-row starter Simon Pagenaud by just 0.1mph. Power is using a new Chevy engine, his previous unit having reached its mileage limit during qualifying.

Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda teammates Max Chilton and Tony Kanaan prevented total domination by Penske, as Helio Castroneves and Josef Newgarden took fifth and sixth. Castroneves was driving a rebuilt #3 car following his Turn 1 shunt during qualifying, which will force him to start from the back of the grid.

Marco Andretti was fastest of the Andretti Autosport-Hondas in seventh, ahead of the impressively driven Dale Coyne Racing-Honda of Pocono rookie Esteban Gutierrez and Mikhail Aleshin replacement Sebastian Saavedra in the #7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda.

Alexander Rossi completed the top 10 ahead of polesitting Andretti teammate Takuma Sato.

Ed Carpenter was 16th fastest after turning his first laps since crashing in morning practice. He was forced to skip qualifying when his repaired car failed to join the tech inspection line in time.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, who shunted heavily in qualifying, remains in hospital.

Pocono final practice

ClaDriverLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 12 australia  Will Power  31 41.6100     216.294
2 1 france  Simon Pagenaud  30 41.6317 0.0217 0.0217 216.181
3 8 united_kingdom  Max Chilton  31 41.6423 0.0323 0.0106 216.126
4 10 brazil  Tony Kanaan  27 41.6484 0.0384 0.0061 216.095
5 3 brazil  Helio Castroneves  24 41.6702 0.0602 0.0218 215.982
6 2 united_states  Josef Newgarden  29 41.7348 0.1248 0.0646 215.647
7 27 united_states  Marco Andretti  30 41.7800 0.1700 0.0452 215.414
8 18 mexico  Esteban Gutierrez  35 41.8003 0.1903 0.0203 215.309
9 7 colombia  Sebastian Saavedra  26 41.8183 0.2083 0.0180 215.217
10 98 united_states  Alexander Rossi  34 41.8410 0.2310 0.0227 215.100
11 26 japan  Takuma Sato  25 41.8671 0.2571 0.0261 214.966
12 5 canada  James Hinchcliffe  29 41.8690 0.2590 0.0019 214.956
13 14 colombia  Carlos Munoz  25 41.8864 0.2764 0.0174 214.867
14 9 new_zealand  Scott Dixon  23 41.8872 0.2772 0.0008 214.863
15 21 united_states  J.R. Hildebrand  30 41.9665 0.3565 0.0793 214.457
16 20 united_states  Ed Carpenter  25 42.0055 0.3955 0.0390 214.258
17 4 united_states  Conor Daly  29 42.0633 0.4533 0.0578 213.963
18 83 united_states  Charlie Kimball  30 42.0726 0.4626 0.0093 213.916
19 88 colombia  Gabby Chaves  26 42.1017 0.4917 0.0291 213.768
20 19 united_arab_emirates  Ed Jones  21 42.1743 0.5643 0.0726 213.400
21 15 united_states  Graham Rahal  26 42.2669 0.6569 0.0926 212.933
22 28 united_states  Ryan Hunter-Reay  0 0.0000      
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Series IndyCar
Event Pocono
Location Pocono Raceway
Teams Andretti Autosport
Author David Malsher
Article type Practice report